In a path breaking decision, recently Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha opened seven trekking routes in the protected areas of wildlife for the adventure tourism and also decided to remove the other bottlenecks for the tourists including the facilities to go for online booking of 29 forest rest houses and inspection huts in Kashmir and Jammu divisions; under a common brand and logo from 1st May 2021.
The new trekking routes which will be opened for general tourists are in Bahu Conservation Reserve, Sudhmahadev Conservation Reserve, Thein Wildlife Conservation Reserve, Tral Wildlife Sanctuary-Dachigam National Park-Overa-Aru Wildlife Sanctuary, Thajwas Wildlife Sanctuary, Khrew Wildlife Conservation Reserve-Dachigam National Park-Khonmoh Conservation Reserve a recent official communication about these routes came in the media.
Forest department will put a user-friendly online portal for bookings of these rest houses on a first-come, first-serve basis as per their availability and intake capacity in the first phase while it will refurbish and open another batch of 58 rest houses and huts to tourists by 1st July 2021, the official communication in the media further said.
It would be a thrill for the adventure loving tourists to visit Kashmir and Jammu divisions and could go to the areas which have remained out of bounds for them for years together. The forest huts in these thickly covered forest areas would be real treat for any visiting tourists as the government has decided to provide them all the facilities including lodging and boarding online if they want to visit these forbidden areas.